Alma Sheppard-Matsuo artwork

Science, Technology and Ethics

Who decides how science and engineering are done, who can participate in the scientific enterprise, and what problems are legitimately addressed within these disciplines and professions? Under what conditions has science aided and abetted racist or colonialist research projects? What are the roles of technology, culture, and economic systems in the drive toward bigger, faster, cheaper, and more automated production of goods, and what are the consequences for human relationships and for the environment? When technology provides means for control, for example in military, information, reproductive or environmental applications, what rights and responsibilities follow?

2012_Syllabus( Significantly changed to work with a community based project around closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor)

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